Homemade Oreos

OreosThis weekend our daughter turned 14. Kind of unbelievable. So, although cake is the usual birthday dessert, we actually celebrated with her party last weekend. So we had a low-key night at home, dinner, movie and these Homemade Oreos from Sally, over at Sally’s Baking Addiction. The family, LOVED them. A nice bonus to this recipe, is I had every single ingredient in my pantry. This means it was a cheap add to the grocery budget, plus I can make them often as I still have all the ingredients in the pantry. They are certainly every day ingredients, so I bet you can make them too.


  • 1 and 1/4 cups  all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup  unsweetened natural cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup  unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 3/4 cup  granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup  packed light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Parchment paper


  • 1/4 cup  unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1/4 cup vegetable shortening, room temperature
  • 1 and 3/4 cups  confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  1. To make cookies: Beat together butter with granulated sugar and brown sugar until creamy, and all sugar has dissolved. Add egg and vanilla. Beat until fully mixed in. Add in 4 dry ingredients. Again, beat until fully combined. Place dough in fridge for 30 minutes.
  2. Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper. Roll dough into balls. About a large Tbsp. size of ball. Place on prepared cookie sheets.
  3. Bake cookies for 8 minutes AT 350 degrees. Let cool.
  4. To make filling: Beat together filling ingredients.
  5. When cookies have cooled, spread on flat side with filling and make a sandwich with another cookie.
  6. Eat and enjoy!

Perfect Pantry Pie Crust

Pie CrustHappy Thanksgiving Canada. Today we will be wearing our stretchy pants and eating turkey to our hearts delight! So I hope you will be doing the same. I know all you Americans will be waiting until November, I love that we celebrate in Canada. I have the best pie crust recipe for you, now sharing on the blog by special request. It is the one always made by my darling mother, who I am very thankful for on this day. I have the best parents. SO it fits that she made the best pie crust too. And it’s super de duperdee easy peasy. You prepare a large batch, and then keep it in your pantry when ready to make pie. Then pie comes together easy as….well…pie.

Recipe originally from The Purity Cookbook

  • 6 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 Tbsp. salt
  • 1 (2 cup size) box Tenderflake Lard
  1. Mix together flour and salt. Cut in lard until small pea sized balls form.
  2. Place in tight lidded Tupperware and place in pantry.
  3. When ready to make pie follow directions below.
  • 2 cups mix
  • 4 Tbsp. very cold water
  • additional flour
  1. Place mix in bowl. Add water 1 Tbsp. at a time, mixing in with fork until just combined.
  2. Flour a large circle on a flat surface. Flour your rolling-pin. Place dough on floured surface and knead just until all dough comes together. Only about 4-5 times. Roll out and place in pie crust. Flute edges. Continue with any pie recipe.
  3. This makes 1 pie crust, for recipe with double crust, repeat this step.
  4. Eat and enjoy!

Allspice Crumb Muffins

Yummy MuffinsWe live by the budget in our house, we have a grocery budget, a dining out budget, a car/gas budget, and even a “spending on your self budget” (basically an allowance for grown-ups. I work well this way, I know what I have to spend and it helps us to not fight about money. We usually have a large spending savings going too (Hello Disneyland anyone!). Keeping a family of five feed on our budget can sometimes be challenging but I don’t go over, okay last month I went 38 cents over budget. But I have become a budget expert! Here is what it means for grocery shopping, #1 use a list! # 2 make a meal plan #3 stick to it! It also means searching the internet for recipes to add to said meal plan using all ingredients that I already have in the house so I can plan some fun meals. That is exactly what I found in this recipe from Brown Eyed Baker . The perfect, crumbly, you already have everything in your pantry to make this, muffin recipe!

Makes 12 muffins

For the Streusel:

  •  ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup light brown sugar
  •  ½ teaspoon ground allspice
  •  5 Tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into bits

For the Muffins:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  •  ½ cup granulated sugar
  •  1 Tablespoon baking powder
  •  ½ teaspoon ground allspice
  •  ¼ teaspoon salt
  •  ¼ cup light brown sugar
  •  1 stick (8 Tablespoons) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 2 large eggs
  •  ¾ cup whole milk
  •  ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract

1. Mix together the flour sugar and allspice for the streusal topping. Cut in the butter, set aside until ready to use.

2. for the muffins, mix together the first 6 ingredients. Beat eggs in a separate bowl, add butter milk and vanilla. Mix into dry ingredients until just combined.

3. Scoop batter into a muffin pan that has been lined with paper cups. Top with streusal, go ahead and use it all.

4. Bake at 375 degrees for about 20 minutes. Cool slightly before you try to pop these bad boys into your mouth!

5. Eat and enjoy!